IRD extends contract with Unisys

Datacentre contract extended to July 2014 despite government-wide IaaS tender

Inland Revenue has extended its datacentre contract with Unisys from July 2012 to July 2014, despite a government-wide IaaS tender which is expected to be in place by 2012.

“This enables us to meet our tax and social obligations,” a spokesman says. “Changing to another data centre by July 2012 would necessitate an additional data centre relocation, increasing both risk and cost to the organisation.

“Inland Revenue is committed to the [Government] Infrastructure as a Service initiative. Through this short extension to the contract with Unisys until 2014, Inland Revenue can migrate to IaaS in a manner that minimises any risk and cost to its operation.”

In April, the Department of Internal Affairs announced that four suppliers had been short-listed to provide data centre housing and utility computing and storage services to government agencies. They are Datacom, Gen-i, IBM and Revera.

A panel of two suppliers will be selected. Contracts are expected to be signed in September, with services available toward the end of the year or early in 2012.

DIA chief executive and Government CIO Brendan Boyle says the Government Infrastructure-as-a-Service tender will support a cross-government approach to delivering common ICT capabilities.

He says the tender is the beginning of the process of developing a system of shared information and communications technology infrastructure for government.

Inland Revenue is listed as one of several agencies participating in the procurement of the services.

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